Your thoughts on… “Where to Next”

bobby posting (sort of):

The last post elicited more of a response than anything we’ve put up so far.  I think the only thing that would’ve brought more discussion would’ve been a heated debate on the Presidential Election (or a very opinionated stance on William Young’s The Shack). Because all of your words were so good…and because not everybody clicks on the “comments” tab…I thought it’d be a good idea to post them up front for all to see.  Enjoy (and keep your comments coming).  We want this place to always be a forum for everyone’s ideas.

FROM ZACH…the one who the post is about / I was sitting with friends in my living room last night unable to hide the burdens that have been weighing on me. When asked, I couldn’t even quite put it into words beyond the fact that I am in a season where I am no longer in control, I’m looking for answers and not finding them. Reading your post put a feeling of calm across my heart. It made me intimately miss our prayer sessions in Bob. The quote from Howard Thurman spoke to me in a deep way. This mind set has been how I’ve made all my major decisions: to pursue music in college, to quit music, to go on a mission trip to the Philippines, to ask out a girl, to stay in Chicago, to work at World Vision, to play wiffleball at 1am the night before a major test. I believe I have been struggling to find the ‘answers’ because I have been asking the wrong question. Now to figure out what makes me come alive!!

FROM ADAM…his response was exactly what I was shooting for / for me, this was less of an inspiration than it was a CHALLENGE. i have been allowing myself to give less than my best at work because i have been daydreaming of fulfillment…thanks for the butt-kicking truth of your words. i will listen and accept the challenge.

FROM WENNY…a woman right in the middle of it all / it’s reassuring to know that i’m not the only person with these “what am i doing with my life thoughts.” I always felt bad because my parents definitely gave up their dreams and passions to make a living whereas i couldn’t bring myself to commit to a job that seemed so pointless. meanwhile, other co workers my age are driven by money and title which only accentuates the meaningless of working. After incorrectly reading Ecclesiastes, I was further discouraged, but your posting is a wake up call to living the present and serve God best wherever I may currently be. I hope all is well with you! (i’m sharing your blog with my friends if that’s ok with you)

FROM P.J. (Pastor Jeff)…my mentor from Kentucky gives us wisdom from THE WORD / Awesome article. Of course I fall into the category of your “parents”. It is hard to believe I am sooo old…ha.  HEY my contribution to your article is this. YES we must figure out “what makes me come alive” but that must be tempered with a thorough understanding of what the Lord says in HIS book. The BOOK gives us direction is living LIFE. WE all must be constantly careful of the BIG “I”/”ME”. It is spiritually healthy to ask the question “what does the Lord want?” We all know this and struggle with how to balance what “I” want with what God “says”. He does not want us to be “ignorant” or without knowledge. HE has given us the gift of Free Will but like all gifts it comes with guidelines. I would suggest these. “Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.” “Learn to be content in whatever situation you are in… (paraphrase)” “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom…” Wisdom comes from exercising the Word of God in the power of the Spirit.
So that is my quick “two cents” worth.

FROM CHARLES (soon to be a guest contributer to viachicago)…he gives us the best compliment viachicago’s ever received / Bobby, this entry oozes with wisdom. I must say, biblical Daniel and his friends come to mind when I consider the writers of Via Chicago: “To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning . . . In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.” (Daniel 1). For me, “Via Chicago” is an oasis of wisdom, insight, and understanding on a sometimes congested information super highway. Here are men “qualified to serve in the king’s palace.”

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